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On July Fourth, A Message For The Patriotic Resistance

On this Fourth of July, Americans live restlessly under a presidential administration hostile to the ideals embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Most Americans despise the president — a blustering, feckless lout who ignores those documents as he undermines freedom of the press and the free exercise of religion. He has appointed […]

July 3, 2017
Donald Trump stands in the Trump family box with his daughter Ivanka awaiting the arrival onstage of his son Eric at the conclusion of former rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz's address, during the third night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Donald Trump’s Strongman Fantasy Is Deeply Un-American

The Republican Party’s choice for the next occupant of the White House intends to seize upon people’s fears and transform the nation into an isolationist country, inwardly focused and always on the lookout for scapegoats. Trump fancies himself as some sort of dictatorial leader at the helm.

July 22, 2016
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

Progressive Patriotism — Not An Oxymoron

Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals. The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans—across the political spectrum—have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

July 4, 2016

Why The Fourth Of July Feels (Refreshingly) Different This Year

On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.

July 4, 2015

Fla. Mayor Orders Police To Remove Man Who Wouldn’t Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — Winter Garden Mayor John Rees ordered a man to leave the city commission meeting Thursday night because he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. “I just said, ‘Either stand or go in the hallway.’ He wouldn’t,” said Rees, 65, who was elected to a third, […]

August 29, 2014

On July 4, A Message For Patriots Of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I always remember what my late father taught me about love of country. He was a deeply patriotic man, much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to mock as “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”  It is a phrase from a Rudyard Kipling story that […]

July 3, 2014

Protest At School Rekindles Debate Over Free Speech, Cultural Pride

By Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury News MORGAN HILL, Calif. — Standing silently at attention Monday morning — Cinco de Mayo — almost 50 self-described “Patriots” held tall U.S flags in front of a high school still at the center of a public debate over free speech and cultural pride. “We’re just here to support […]

May 5, 2014